The Wanted, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande Set For Olympic Torch Relay Shows
To celebrate the 70-day torch relay that leads up to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, a series of Coca-Cola-sponsored events are coming to various U.K. cities, ending on July 26 with a massive Olympic Torch Relay Finale concert. The Wanted, Dizzee Rascal, Katy B and Mark Ronson will headline the Finale event, which will take place at Hyde Park in London.
While tickets for the London event -- which will also include acts like Eliza Doolittle, You Me At Six and Morning Parade -- are now on sale for £15, the show will be preceded by four free concerts in the U.K., beginning on May 25 in Cardiff with You Me At Six, Emeli Sande and Kids in Glasshouses. The series continues in Glasgow on June 8 with Eliza Doolittle, Emeli Sande and General Fiasco; in Leeds on June 24 with Friendly Fires, Tribes and Little Comets; and in Birmingham on June 30 with artists TBA.
Tickets and further details for the U.K. concerts are now available at Ticketmaster's website. The actual torch relay will kick off on May 19 in Land's End and will end on July 27 at the Olympic Stadium.
The display of British musicians at the torch relay concerts will precede the Opening Ceremony, which will be directed by Danny Boyle and feature electronic duo Underworld as music directors. Recently reunited rockers Blur will perform the 2012 Olympics' Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert on Aug. 12.